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Lisa M. deFilippis

In Memoriam

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Lisa M. deFilippis, our friend and colleague, passed away on April 8, 2018. She was Of Counsel in the Cleveland office of Jackson Lewis P.C since August 2009, and had practiced employee benefits law for more than 25 years.

Ms. deFilippis advised a wide range of businesses and organizations in various industries, including manufacturing, sports management, health care, professional practice, tax-exempt organizations, universities and government entities, varying in size from large publicly traded companies, public universities, mid-size companies to small closely held businesses and nonprofits.

Ms. deFilippis was experienced in all aspects of employee benefits law, including both retirement, welfare benefit, and nonqualified executive compensation plan design, drafting, compliance, fiduciary compliance issues, and employee benefits aspects of acquisitions and divestitures. Ms. deFilippis represented clients with respect to IRS and Department of Labor examinations and audits, and assisted in the resolution of plan defects, including submissions to IRS and Department of Labor voluntary correction programs. Ms. deFilippis’ practice also included advising tax-exempt organizations, educational institutions and governmental organizations with respect to 403(b) plans and 457(b) plans, and advising religious organizations with respect to church plans.

Ms. deFilippis was active with Legal Aid and ran Jackson Lewis' Cleveland office’s summer clerk and recruiting and scholarship programs for several years. She was a regular speaker on ERISA topics and presented at seminars, webinars and bar associations on topics such as plan fiduciary compliance issues, new 401(k) fee disclosure requirements, 403(b) plan regulations, and health care reform.

Prior to private practice, Ms. deFilippis was in-house counsel for two trucking companies in the areas of employee benefits and business law.

She is very missed by those who knew her.

Honors and Recognitions


Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Chapter of the Worldwide Employee Benefits Network
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Working in Employee Benefits (WEB)

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August 10, 2016
Modern Healthcare

Lisa deFilippis and Michelle Phillips Discuss Transgender Medical Benefits

August 10, 2016

Lisa deFilippis and Michelle Phillips discuss transgender medical benefits in “Transgender bias case against Dignity Health could set off religious freedom clash,” published by Modern Healthcare Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 20, 2016
Bloomberg BNA

Lisa deFilippis and Michelle Phillips Comment on Transgender Rights Battles

May 20, 2016

Lisa deFilippis and Michelle Phillips comment on Affordable Care Act implications of the on-going transgender rights battles in Bloomberg BNA’s “Courts Begin to Address Transgender Rights Under the ACA.” Subscription may be required to view article. Read More


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January 13, 2017

Federal Court Enjoins Health and Human Services Department from Enforcing ACA Protections for Transgender Individuals

January 13, 2017

The Obama Administration was dealt a blow in its efforts to expand legal protections for transgender individuals relating to the receipt of health care services and health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Judge Reed O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas has issued a nationwide... Read More

June 1, 2016

Supreme Court Returns Affordable Care Act Contraceptive-Coverage Cases to Lower Courts

June 1, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously remanded a consolidated appeal of seven cases addressing the contraceptive-coverage “accommodation” for religious organizations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the Courts of Appeals. Zubik v. Burwell, No. 14-1418 (May 16, 2016). In the unsigned per curiam decision, the Court... Read More

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Supreme Court Decides Not to Decide on Latest Challenge to ACA Contraceptive Coverage
May 26, 2016

The Supreme Court in a unanimous opinion remanded Zubick v. Read More

Supreme Court Looks for ACA Contraceptive Coverage Compromise for Religious Nonprofits
April 4, 2016

Less than one week after hearing oral arguments on seven consolidated cases in which non-profit organizations challenged the opt-out process for religious organizations opposing the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate, the United States Supreme Court took the unusual action of ordering the lawyers on both sides to brief a Read More

IRS Delays Enforcement of Health Care Reform Nondiscrimination Provisions for Insured Group Plans
January 4, 2011

The Internal Revenue Service has given a last-minute holiday gift to sponsors of insured group health plans.  It announced delayed enforcement for the new nondiscrimination provisions applicable to insured group health plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconcili Read More